St John of God Nursing Training School has been operating illegally and enrolling students without accreditation.
One hundred and seventy four embattled students of St John of God Nursing Training School are heading to court to seek justice over the alleged deceitful act by management of the school.
This was after they had realised that the school was not accredited to operate or affiliated to any health training institution in the country.
They said the successful candidates in October last year were asked to pay GH¢3,100 each semester and although the authorities claimed that the school was accredited and managed by the Catholic Church in Ghana, the National Accreditation Board, the Catholic Church and the Ghana Health Service had denied that assertion.
One of the students who looked devastated said he sold his cocoa farm to raise the fees. Another student said he sold a parcel of land and secured a loan to raise money to pay the fees.
“We are surprised that with all the report about the school, security agencies have not taken any action to arrest the operators of the illegal health training institution. They are walking free after taking our ¢3,105.00,” he said.
Another student, who gave her name only as Abena, said after all the assurances given them by the owner, one Mr Frimpong, which saw thousands of prospective students buying unapproved forms and successful ones numbering 174 paying an amount of ¢3,105.00 each as fees, the school was not accredited.
“We were told that the school has accreditation from National Accreditation Board (NAB) and clearance from Nurses and Midwifery Council only for us to realise that it was a hoax and we had been defrauded,” she said.
“This prompted us to move to the health directorate and the church but they both disassociated themselves from the school.
“We have no option than to go to court, I can tell you that my mother, who is a trader in the market in Accra, took a loan to enable me to pay the school fees and I don’t know what to tell her now,” she said.
The Sefwi District Director of Health, Dr Francis Takyie, said the Ministry of Health through the district office warned the school about the illegality and asked the management to stop.
“The ministry did not approve of the form that was sold by the school but the school designed its own admission forms and sold them to unsuspecting students,” he said.